The Old Fashioned Quilt Block may seem an odd title as you could be forgiven for thinking that most quilt blocks are old fashioned, but that really is its name. It’s a five patch block and I have made it here as a 14″ square finished size. The block has a lovely flowery feel to it.
Cutting requirements for the old fashioned quilt block
2.7/8″ squares: four each in red and white, four each in blue and white
2.1/2″ squares: eight red, nine blue, four white
6.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles: four white
Make the half square triangle units
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles in the colour combinations listed above. Place a white square right sides together with either a red or a blue square. Mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.
This produces two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares. Press the seam allowances towards the red or blue and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.
Make a corner of the block
Make the four corners of the block and then join these together with the white rectangles.
Each corner has a simple nine patch placement. In the bottom right there is a four patch unit of red and blue squares with the blue squares following the diagonal from bottom right to top left. The final square along that diagonal is a white square. Place a blue/white half square triangle on either side of the white corner with the two blue triangles forming a butterfly shape across the corner.
In the remaining two spaces place red/white half square triangle units. Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other. Make four of these corner blocks.
Assemble the old fashioned quilt block
Lay the corners out with a white rectangle between each pair of corners and a blue square in the middle.
You have three distinct rows now. Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the quilt block.
For a basic quilt idea I have just shown sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four. This gives a very different quilt from what the individual blocks might suggest.
In order to showcase the blocks better, I then tried using an alternate block made using red and blue half square triangles sewn using 7.7/8″ squares. I felt that this preserved the design of the quilt block a bit better.
In this case I have used just nine blocks total – five of the old fashioned quilt block and four of the alternate block.
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